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Mechanicsburg coach Gail Hiestand had no idea her players knew she was one win away from reaching 100.
Ask any of the Wildcats players, though, and they’ll tell you they had it all planned out.
After losing Tuesday in extra innings to Middletown, Mechanicsburg bounced right back, beating Lower Dauphin, 10-5, at Lower Dauphin High School. And while the win was No. 100 for Hiestand, she was more quick to point out the achievement of her players on that day.
It was the first time the Falcons suffered a division loss in seven years, a time frame that spanned more than 90 games.
“Coming in, I could just see it in their eyes that they knew they could beat this team,” Hiestand said. “When we bring our best pitching, hitting and defense, we can beat anyone. That’s what we did.”
The Wildcats (11-5, 7-4 Keystone) came back from a 3-1 deficit with four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Amber Schuman had two hits, including a double, and five RBIs, while Morgan Minter added two hits, two runs and two RBIs.
In the fifth inning with Mechanicsburg holding a 9-4 lead, Lower Dauphin (10-3, 9-1) loaded the bases with just one out. Shannon Bonner came on in relief and got the next two hitters to ground out, limiting the damage to just one run.
From there, Bonner allowed just one hit over the final two innings, preserving the milestone victory for Hiestand.
“I was just so happy for the girls,” she said. “Beating Lower Dauphin and getting 100 wins in the same night, I couldn’t write a better scenario.”